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Club experiences: Beth from Wellington

March 16th, 2017 by Laura Smith
Unit Director of Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County - Wellington Unit Rob, sits down with Beth, Wellington Youth of the Year, to share her story and experiences while attending the Club.
Breath, You have this. Everything that you are about to do will be hard, but you will grow. This is about the journey of four speeches that Beth will forever remember.
The Wellington Youth Of the Year, Beth, just finished sharing her speech to her peers at the Club that she has been attending for years.  It was an accomplishment as Beth is the person who can step in and help when the staff and Club needs her support most. She is great with directing and assisting youth and talking to them one-on-one. But Beth had one challenge that she knew of: she was shy and resonates more to being an introvert.
Youth of the Year members take on the role of being a public spokesperson for the Wellington Unit and the "Blue Door" movement. She understood that responsibility and saw how most extroverts take on the role. Beth said, "I almost cried" when delivering her speech to her peers as it was very personal and challenging to share.
The following weeks Beth would prepare her speech as she would be competing against the Youths of the Year from the Fort Collins Unit and Loveland Unit. After the event, The Boys & Girls Club of Larimer County would name the winner as the Youth of the Year for the Larimer County organization.
Staff Members Desirae and Rob, worked with Beth again and again. They shared with Beth that she only had to share what she felt comfortable with and that since her story had disclosed the impact of the Club and the support she needed and received from the Club and her new father after her previous father had left her family. Beth said this was something that needed to be shared.
It is said that there are more people who fear public speaking than death. The audience of this event were fellow supportive Club members from the BGCLC. The Judges were caring, helpful and kind critics; it could not have been a better audience for anyone who was about to have their first speech in front of children and adults who were all strangers.
It was later discovered that Beth was about to share with the world what she decided to avoid and take an "F" on in her favorite class, English, because she had to write a paper about her life.  Beth said, "she needed to do this, she needed to move on."  It was empowering to see.
On January 14, 2017, Beth was going to expose a wound and share her heart in a way she has never done before. One of the many slogans and proverbs we use at the Wellington Unit is, "It doesn't matter how you fall, it matters how you get up." Beth with all of her strong characteristics except in extroverted activities and public speaking wavered and fell.
Beth fell in the best place she could, with her family, with the staff of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County, and with her fellow Youth of the Year  club members from the Loveland and Fort Collins Units.
But it does not matter how you fall, it matters on how you get up. Beth, after panicking, marched back to the stage that she ran away from saying "I got this! I want to do this!" She went through each tough part with sound, power and liberation of an emotional weight that was on her. And in the end, she was relieved.
She did not win Youth of The Year of Larimer County. That award was honored to an amazing Club member, Stella of Loveland.
Beth did win in a big way in her life, her story and who she is. She went on to share the same speech at the Mayor's recognition in the Town of Wellington before strong members of the Wellington Community; she did not stumble at all.
For  Beth's fourth speech, a 14-year-old girl from small town Wellington with a shy, introverted personality, was able to present in front of 1,000 people at the Youth of The Year Breakfast.
When Beth saw the size of the room and stage at the practice rehearsal, she  immediately had stage fright. She was soft spoken and looking down at the ground.  People were concerned that she may fail and it could be traumatizing for her.  Beth, who recently went to a Colorado State Basketball game, was overwhelmed with large crowds. She said, "I need to do this; I have got this." Beth practiced and practiced.
On February 9th, Beth turned her weakness into a strength. High school speech class will be much easier for Beth, as she can successfully say she spoke with a very successful woman and Board Member for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County, Jen Parker, as the open speakers in front of 1,000 people.
I am so thrilled to share the growth of Beth and how she worked through her fear of public speaking and large crowds. Beth can say with confidence that she can speak in front of anyone.

Holiday Service Challenges!

January 12th, 2017 by Laura Smith


The holidays may technically be over, but that doesn't mean the spirit of the holidays has to fade (or the tree has to come down). We're still channeling the holiday cheer here at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County and hope you'll join us!
During the holiday season, each Unit was asked to participate in a Service Challenge as a part of one of our core priority outcomes: Good Character & Leadership. Read on to find out what our Units did for the community this season!
Fort Collins Unit 
This year, the Fort Collins Unit made personalized ornaments for the occupants at The Remington House affiliated with The Jacob Center. The Jacob Center was founded in 1988 by three social workers. The name Jacob is typically associated with healing and also refers to an ancient surveying instrument (Jacob Staff) that helps people get their bearings. The Jacob Center focuses on working with youth, families and the community to inspire positive, long-lasting change. A part of that, the Remington House, services a range of behavioral and emotional issues, including abuse, family relational issues, trauma issues and substance abuse. To help boost spirits, Club Members of the SMART (skills mastery and resistance training) Moves program made ornaments and then educated other Club Members about The Jacob Center and how it correlates with the lessons provided in SMART Moves.
Loveland Units 
Following along with their summer service challenge (commUNITY), the Loveland Unit collected an assortment of clothes that they donated to Homeless Gear. They are hoping to follow up commUNITY part two by hosting the Loveland Police Department at the Club Unit for another activity.
Wellington Unit 
 This year, the Torch Club (a chartered leadership and service club for boys and girls ages 11 to 13) hosted a coat drive! Club Members were able to donate 50 coats to Zion Lutheran who gave the coats to Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. The Torch Club made posters and asked community members to donate coats.
Great work to all our Club Members for their selfless work this holiday season!

Are you smarter than a BGCLC Club Member?

July 28th, 2016 by Jenna Riedi

Boys & Girls Clubs Larimer County club members are smart. Even though they don't have classes in summer, thanks to Brain Gain and awesome BGCLC Staff, club members have been able to not only keep their school-year knowledge but improve upon it.

Last week the BGCLC challenged local Old Navy employees to a classic game of "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?" as a part of the summer Knowledge Bowl Brain Gain.


Over half a dozen teams of two or more Club members participated in the hour and a half challenge hosted by the infamous Charles of the Fort Collins Club. The questions were hard and the stakes were could feel the tension in the room build as the final scores were calculated.



In the end though, one team prevailed as winner, and it wasn't the "Big Kids," aka Team Old Navy, it was in fact Hufflepuff Popcorn, two incredibly smart girls from the Fort Collins Club.


They weren't available for comment, but were very humble in their victory.

Congrats to all the teams and a huge thanks to Old Navy for hanging out for the afternoon!


Meet the staff: Jerad Bussell!

July 7th, 2016 by Jenna Riedi

Jerad (1)

Jerad has been with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County since 2014! Jerad was a member of the first summer staff  team in Estes Park, and since then has been working as a Program Aide for the Wellington Unit. Jerad can be seen giving awesome high fives to Club members, and teaching them how to play guitar in the shade on hot days. Jerad will be leaving us in the fall to go back to Durango where he attends college at Fort Lewis, we hope to see him again for many summers to come! Read on to learn more about Jerad.

What is your favorite food?

Pizza and burgers, I'm a true American I know.

What is your ideal vacation?

Ideal vacation would be somewhere with mountains and an ocean close by, where everyone is happy to share stories.

If you were trapped on a deserted island, what three things would you bring with you?

Bass guitar, fishing pole and a deck of cards.

What is a unique talent that you have?

Not a talent quite yet but I’m trying to teach myself the bass.

What do you enjoy most about working at the Boys & Girls Clubs?

My favorite thing about working at the club is building relationships with the kids and the staff and being able to see the growth in each child.
Thanks Jerad, for all you do!

Meet Desirae, Middle and High School Program Specialist at Wellington!

May 5th, 2016 by Jenna Riedi

DesDesirae is the Middle and High School Program Specialist for the Wellington Unit!  She has worked with BGCLC for a year in May.  Desirae is doing an incredible job helping to lead teen nights and the social action project in Wellington!  Desirae will also be leading the "Got What It Takes," community service program this summer.  Read below to learn more about Des:

What is your favorite food?
My favorite food is good 'ol fashioned BBQ'd anything. Top choices on the grill would be either BBQ'd ribs or a pulled pork sandwich complete with cornbread, coleslaw, and a sweet iced tea.

What is your ideal vacation?
My ideal vacation would be going somewhere overseas. I am particularly interested in Ireland or the Philippines. I would have to find a way to interact with the locals and get a true cultural experience as well as have plenty of time set aside for relaxation. I don't like to have a busy schedule when I am on vacation.

If you were trapped on an desert Island, what three things would you bring with you?
If I were trapped on an island and could bring any three things I would bring my Bible, my best friend Rene, and my guitar.

What is a unique talent you have?
A unique talent I have is that I can cross my eyes and wiggle just one eye. I can also turn my thumb completely backwards.

What is your favorite thing about working at the Boys & Girls Clubs?
My favorite thing about working at the Boys and Girls Club is all the fun things I get to do as well as the ability I have to make choices and bring things that I am interested to personally to the kids and the Club. I also love that I can be silly and goofy at work and that a key element and requirement of my job is to have fun. 🙂

Thank you for all you do, Des!!!

Performing Arts in the Clubs

January 28th, 2016 by Jenna Riedi

Recently, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County took on the initiative to boost the visual and performing arts programming at the Clubs.  One major change was hiring a full time Arts Program Specialist at both the Fort Collins and Loveland Units.  Previously, this programming was overseen by a part time arts specialist and interns.  With just a few months of this expansion on the arts programming, we are already seeing wonderful things come from the youth interested in the arts.  Here are just a few things the youth have done in our performing arts programming this month.  Enjoy!

Into the Woods the Musical

Women's Teen Choir Singing

The Difference Movie Trailer

Martin Luther King Jr. Day At The Clubs

January 22nd, 2016 by Jenna Riedi

Diversity in Sports

Before our hockey tournament in Loveland on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, our staff and volunteers addressed the issue of diversity in sports.  The discussion was about why it is important to support and encourage your teammates because, even though you are all different in many ways, you are working together towards a common goal.

Diversity in Sports

Fort Collins March

Teens from both the Loveland and Fort Collins Units attended the Fort Collins MLK Day March from Old Town to the CSU campus.  They created a sign that they proudly displayed during the march, and stayed after to hear the speakers in the CSU oval.  It was a chilly day, but all teens were incredibly honored and excited to partake in the march!

MLK March

Reflection on King's Speech

Youth at the Fort Collins Unit took time to watch the famous "I Have a Dream" speech.  After watching, they then reflected on what the speech meant to them.  Their reflections were then created into beautiful, inspiring posters.


Showing Thanks

The Wellington youth spent time making cookies from scratch to then deliver to the Wellington Fire Protection District to show their thanks.  The cookies were accompanied with a card made by the youth saying "Thank you for keeping the peace" and quoting MLK: "At the center of non-violence stands the principle of love."

Thanks Cookies to Wellington Fire

Summer Service Challenge: Wellington!

August 19th, 2015 by Jenna Riedi

Summer Service - Wellington 2 Wellington Clubhouse Project:  Car wash fundraiser with the local fire station to benefit the Assisted Living Home


The kids helped every step of the way in coming up with the idea, organizing the things we needed to make it happen, and were vital in making the day happen.  We had 4 teams and each team had a team leader.  We had a Car Washing Team, Car Drying Team, Sign Holding Team, and Money Collecting Team.  Each of these teams were responsible for coming up with a list of things we needed as well as making sure we had everything we needed that day.  They also had to recruit other Club Summer Service - Wellington 3members to join their teams.  We needed to advertise, so the whole Club one afternoon jumped on board to make signs to hang around town and we made about 25 signs to hang up.  Club youth approached business owners and residents along our path and told them about the car wash.  They hung up signs at their shop and made connections.  We had at least 3 or 4 people show up that they talked to that day!


The results were that we raised $413 in just over 2 hours and got to wash over 20 cars and trucks ranging from a Mitsubishi Sports Car to a Flat Bed Work Truck.  The Summer Service - WellingtonClub youth had a blast and were talking about it for the whole rest of the day and talking about “next time”.  Also on August 7th, the youth delivered the donation to the Assisted Living Home to give them the money and play some bingo with the residents.


Great work, Wellington Clubhouse!